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Binna burra dreaming : for 'cello and piano

by Margaret Brandman (2009)

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Binna Burra Dreaming : works for cello and piano / Margaret Brandman.

Library shelf no. CD 3281 [Not for loan]

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Binna burra dreaming : for 'cello and piano / by Margaret S. Brandman.

Library shelf no. 787.4/BRA 2 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Binna Burra Dreaming is a concert-level work for Cello, incorporating bravura effects for cello including harmonics, pizzicato and sul ponticello. The title of the work is taken from the aboriginal name for 'where the beech tree grows'. The work is in one movement and through-composed in several sections in various modal minor tonalities and varying time signatures. The piece begins with a rhythmic cello figure representing the sound of a digeridoo chanting 'binna burra'. The 'beech tree grows' motif appears throughout the work in different guises. Apart from the melodies, there are many changes of mood, and sections with intriguing rhythms and contemporary jazz harmonies.


Cellist Ariel Volovelsky together with composer/pianist Margaret Brandman recorded this work for the album 'Binna Burra Dreaming' - five works for cello and piano on the Elkwood/Sony Label.


Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Cello, piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Bravura passages, syncopated rhythmic figures, harmonics


Performances of this work

26 Mar 23: Humph Hall, 85 Allambie Road, Allambie Heights, NSW 2100. Featuring Ariel Volovelsky, Margaret Brandman.

23 Aug 2014: at Rhapsodies to Rhumbas (Zenith Theatre Chatswood).

9 Nov 13: 'Rhapsodies to Rhumbas' concert, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW. Featuring Duo Deconet.

9 Nov 2013: at Margaret Brandman: Rhapsodies to Rhumbas (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre).

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